Monday, 23 May 2016


The Sydney Morning Herald, Thursday 2 February, 1911.

It was apparent that it was desired to 
make a quick trip. Captain Ilbery had 
placed coal on the spar deck, trusting 
that a storm would not be encountered.

This referred to the maiden voyage. I find the extract hard to believe. It was highly unlikely that during a voyage from London to Sydney a storm would not be encountered. The Bay of Biscay invariably dealt out rough seas. It is insulting to accuse a master, who was never able to defend himself, of betting on the unrealistic probability that a 'storm would not be encountered'. This kind of thing makes me angry!

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